Why self-care for mothers is so important.
Kids come in all shapes and sizes with amazing little personalities.
I happen to have two boisterous
, active, funny little kids, with larger than life personalities.
While this makes our day crazy, hectic and somewhat frantic, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, I often find myself needing time to recharge my batteries over a cup of coffee which has gone cold.
Like most kids, mine are always demanding food
, or stuff, or support with something, and of course my time and attention.
It can take a good 45 minutes just to unload the dishwasher some days.
It is quite clear that planning a full family day out, does not satisfy my kid’s longing for my attention when we get home.
It seems the more attention I give them, the more they need, and as all parents know, this can leave you in a permanent state of physical and mental burnout.
Do any of these scenarios seem familiar to you, while you’re trying to take a break?
- You try nipping to the bathroom, but as soon as you leave the room, your kids urgently need to go to the toilet and are so desperate they can’t wait until you’ve finished!
- How about having a shower? Well, with one child on the toilet and one trying to clamber into the shower with you, it is almost impossible.
- You try cooking a meal; surely you can get some quiet here? But they follow you in, and you have to fight off requests for drinks, and “how long is tea going to be? ” every 2 minutes!
Self-care and emotional self-care are hugely important to enable us to recharge and regroup before facing the challenges of another day.
Decide how much time you can devote to self-care, per day, week and per month.
If you have a majorly busy family or work life, you may only be able to spend five minutes per day on yourself, that’s ok, pencil it in and book out the time.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you intend to schedule for yourself, the first step is to write it down.
For example: at 9 pm every weeknight schedule five minutes to yourself after the kids have gone to bed.
Next, write a list of the things you enjoy, download my FREE self-care examples cheatsheet for ideas and activities you can squeeze into 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and an hour.
Some mornings when I’m up before everyone else in the house, I sit outside with a hot coffee, I find five minutes breathing in the cold, fresh air, invigorating, its precious quiet time before the demands of a busy day.
Lie on your bed and do a quick five-minute deep breathing session while you’re waiting for the kids to go to sleep. this is a great way to recharge after the craziness of the school pick up and before you start on all those evening chores!
If you’re stuck ideas for self-care examples click here
Some weeks are more hectic than others, and it’s crucial that on those busy weeks you take time to recharge even if it’s only five minutes a day! It’s surprising just how little time it takes to reset your focus.
Five minutes a day adds up to 35 minutes a week
10 minutes a day gives you 70 minutes of self-care per week.
For a busy mum or a workaholic, this can have a hugely positive impact on your stress levels and productivity.
You may like to schedule a few minutes per day, then, a more significant amount of time weekly or monthly if childcare allows, how much or how little you feel you can devote, is up to you, as long as you are doing some self-care practices.
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